Quatermass 2

1957

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

35
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 3011

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Sidney James as Jimmy Hall
Brian Donlevy as Quatermass
Percy Herbert as Gorman
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Reviewed by Matti-Man 8 / 10

Taut, well-crafted early Hammer horror movie

The second of the Quatermass films (the first was THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, the "X" used to emphasise the adult X-rating the film received on its initial release) was allowed a slightly larger budget and benefited enormously from Nigel Kneale's participation in the screenplay. In this film, at least Brian Donlevy behaves a little more like Quatermass ought to, though I still don't think he was right for the part.

For my money, Quatermass should be a pipe-smoking English boffin with leather patches sewn on the elbows of his jacket. The original character was conceived as a kind of Barnes Wallis type, as portrayed by Michael Redgrave in THE DAM BUSTERS.

The movie is set in a post-war Britain that was a little panicked by the idea of nuclear weapons and even more unsettled by the knowledge that our former allies, The Soviets, had the same weapons and they were pointed at us. This was the climate that gave us Orwell's 1984 and Don Siegel's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Paranoia was out to get us ...

This same atmosphere lasted well into the 1960s and can also be glimpsed in TV shows like THE AVENGERS. This was the era I grew up in, so I speak from personal experience :-)

This movie is one of Hammer's better offerings of the period. Released the same year as CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, it more than holds its own against the other, better-known Hammer colour offerings. Indeed, it benefits from its monochrome photography, which brilliantly communicates the austerity of the years immediately following WWII.

Thoroughly recommended, this film will appeal to anyone who can get beyond the admittedly primitive 1950s special effects to be rewarded by the rich and clever story that lies beneath the slightly dodgy veneer ...

Reviewed by Prichards12345 8 / 10

Excellent sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment

Nigel Kneale's second Quatermass serial is an exciting and fast-moving affair, in which Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) discovers an alien conspiracy at the heart of the British Government. Strange meteors have been arriving from space in unusually large numbers, and our good Rocket Engineer soon discovers they have something inside...

The plot has already been recounted very well by other contributors here, so I won't add anything further other than to say Kneale and Director Val Guest superbly condense the t.v. original into a tense and compelling 85 minutes. Donlevy is slightly better this time around then he was in the first movie, and UK viewers can enjoy the sight of Sid James and William Franklyn amongst the cast. Franklyn's character in Dracula A.D. 1972 dies in exactly the same way as he does here!

The story, of course, has a slight resemblance to Invasion of The Bodysnatchers; but this appears to be a case of parallel development rather than any borrowing. Kneale's work is often concerned with dehumanisation, and never more so than here. The monsters at the end are a bit comical, and Kneale and Guest probably wisely omitted the outer space sequence from the original t.v. show - Hammer's special effects (and budget) would have struggled to depict this convincingly.

Although Hammer would wait a decade to film the third Kneale Quatermass opus, in many ways the best was yet to come...

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 7 / 10

Very good second entry in the Quatermass series

The success of The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) was the factor that alerted the hitherto obscure British film studio Hammer that the future for them might be with horror movies. This follow up movie – incidentally, the first sequel to use '2' in its title – merely cemented this notion and by the end of the decade Hammer's hugely influential cycle of horror movies was truly underway. At this earlier stage in the mid-50's though, the fashion was not yet for Gothic horrors filmed in glorious colour but for sci-fi/horror in traditional black and white. With its story of a meteor shower that ultimately results with people being taken over by alien entities, it not only indicates the influence of the earlier Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) but more generally shows itself to be a product of the Cold War years, where people suddenly become roboticised by external forces (which was essentially what many folks from the day thought those dastardly communists were doing).

Its lower key British sensibilities, setting and plot-line make it feel like a definite precursor to the sci-fi series 'Dr Who', which would kick into gear at the beginning of the next decade. Similar to that, Quatermass 2 is an imaginative piece of work which benefits from a creative script from genre specialist Nigel Kneale. Val Guest who directed the first instalment returns here again, as does Brian Donlevy to reprise his role as the somewhat prickly title character. Less expectedly it also features 'Carry On' legend Sid James in a role which by his subsequent standards is very serious.

I think this sequel may in fact surpass the original. It seems to have a little more budget and it makes that count. The production is still a modest one but makes use of its locations, especially the power plant where the action orbits, while the big finale is pretty well executed with some nice special effects. I think over and above that, it has an effective slightly downbeat atmosphere which suits this story well and, on the whole, this can certainly be considered one of the upper bracket science fiction films of its day.

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